One night every year Toronto’s streets transform into the free all-night art crawl known as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Now in it’s ninth year the celebration of contemporary art transforms Toronto into a canvas for Canadian and international artists.
Top ranked eaters tested their stomach capacity at the 5th annual World Poutine Eating Championship held at Yonge-Dundas Square. The event was hosted by Smoke’s Poutinerie who served up plenty of curds and gravy for the competitive poutine massacre. As much as you may love our national dish, witnessing the feats of gastronomical excess may turn you off eating it for awhile. Matthew ‘Megatoad’ Stonie was the clear winner having consumed 14 3/4lbs in 10 minutes, a full 3lbs more than last year’s champion Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut.
The legendary El Mocambo sign hangs over Spadina Avenue on an overcast day. The 65 year old music venue is set to close it’s doors in November after being sold by the current owner. The El Mocambo has hosted concerts by The Rolling Stones, U2 and Elvis Costello just to name a few.
Widely considered to be one of Toronto‘s most recognized street artists, Jabari Elliott aka Elicser has won numerous ‘Best of Toronto’ accolades from NOW Magazine. It’s near impossible to take a stroll through a graffiti alley without crossing paths with his contemplative faces and grand murals. If you’ve walked along Queen Street West you couldn’t miss the infamous Hug Me tree, a dead stump of a tree painted by Elicser that has become an icon of the trendy neighbourhood. A graduate of Sheridan College, Elicser has adorned many walls over the past 15 years and is available for commissioned works. His contact info can be found on his website.
Around 3000 people came together at Nathan Phillips Square for the Toronto People’s Climate March. The march organized by Avaaz.org, 350.org Toronto and Greenpeace Canada was held in solidarity with other People’s Climate Marches from around the world including one in New York that drew an estimated 300,000 people. With a unifying symbol of a green heart this worldwide day of action seeks to tell our leaders to rely less on fossil fuels and achieve a 100% clean energy plan by the year 2050. You can visit Avaaz.org to sign their petition which has already surpassed 2 million signatures.
According to their facebook page, Toronto punk quartet The OBGMs or Ooohh Baby Gimme Mores are guaranteed to give you a ‘booty shaking, fist pumping’ good time. They didn’t disappoint their mosh pit loving fans at their debut cd release party at the Rivoli on Queen Street West. Living up to their punk spirit they announced to the audience to ‘listen to the album, then pirate the fuck out of it.’